Boomer hurt his tail :(

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Boomer jumped up and slipped when he landed on the hardwood floor, he kind of landed on his butt, and hurt his tail.  We actually didn't notice at first until later when my husband walked into the room and wasn't greeted by a stump wag.  We can touch it and the base gingerly, and he's ok although he does whip his head around and look.  My husband started to slowly stand his stump up a little and he gave a whimper, so of course we stopped.  He's acting like himself, but his tail is droopy.  It doesn't seem like he's in pain, but.... :(  I hope it just got a little bruised.  I just Googled and saw all this stuff about nerve damage and all kinds of horrible things.  Our vet is closed today, but if it seems to get worse, I'll bring him tomorrow or to the emergency vet if anything awful happens.  I hope I'm just over-reacting.  :(  :(  :(

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Aww poor guy.  I agree that tomorrow you should assess and make a appointment with your vet.  For now, don't mess with it and keep an eye on him for any changes in his behavior (if any at all) to report to the vet.  I hope it's nothing but a hard bump for him too.  Sending good thoughts your way!

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Hope it goes well. Let us know.

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Poor baby.  I hope it's just soreness and nothing serious.  Keep us informed, ok?

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I will.  Now he is able to lift it parallel to the floor, so maybe it's getting better.  His behaviour still seems fine.  Thanks for the good wishes.

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Poor kid! Hurt tails are nothing fun. 

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WOW...what a story!! Poor little guy!!  Hope he's all better in the morning.. Please let us know.. you know how we worry!!

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The tail is still not right, and it hurts him when we try to touch it.  I'm going to call the vet when they open.  But he's still acting like himself, eating, chewing his toys, normal walk this morning, so thta's good, I guess.

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Feel better Boomer- Let us know what the vet says! Sending healing vibes his way poor baby!

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Dang these guys.. so stoic, it's hard to tell what's going on.. I'm sure the vet will take an X-ray and let you know... then you can let US know

( Can you sprain a tail?) Best wishes

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Wow, that stinks!!  Keep us updated with what the vet says.  Most dobermans, and dogs in general, will do whatever they can to not show pain.  Pain for a dog is a big weakness, so their instincts tell them to not let it be known. 

Hopefully it's nothing more than a sprain, or bruise or something.  Hoping for the best!

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Thanks for the support everyone.  We go to the vet at 5:30.  Still no change in behavior or tail itself.

As several people mentioned, I've heard that dogs are good at hiding pain. 

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Boomer is much better today!  He can lift his tail almost to normal height, and he can wag a little.  The vet doesn't think he did any serious damage, maybe just bruised it.  He checked his hips too, and everything was good.  We have some anti-inflamatories to help with pain.  Very releived!

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YAY! So glad to hear a good report! Feel Better Fast Boomer!

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That's great news!  Glad it wasn't something so serious that surgery was required.  Bruises heal

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Awesome, glad to see it was nothing major!  Great news!

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Thanks again to everyone for your concern and good wishes!

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Reading about Boomer's tail has me recalling roller skating from when I was a kid. My mom gave it a try one time which resulted in a horrific black and blue (dinner plate size) bruise. Broken tail bone. And she stood a lot, for about a month I think!

Sure glad to hear surgery's not needed!